Comair president Randy Rademacher has left the company “to pursue other opportunities,” just weeks after DOT Inspector General Kenneth Mead launched an investigation into the Christmas weekend computer failures that stranded hundreds of travelers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Fred Buttrell, president of Delta Connection, will move to Comair’s offices in Cincinnati to assume Rademacher’s duties.
Comair canceled all of its 1,100 flights on Christmas after its computer system crashed. The airline has blamed the failure on scheduling changes resulting from an ice storm. However, Mead has encouraged passengers to report violations of consumer protection laws by calling a toll-free number or sending an e-mail to the IG’s office. As of press time, the DOT had yet to release its findings.